Congratulations to the Honors Class of 2013! We are so proud of your accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your next adventures.
We’d also like to recognize our Commonwealth Honors Scholars:
Paul J. Conceison
Smbat S. Defterderian
Tiffany M. Hatstat
Mary E. Laycox
Rebecca E. Mullen
Karol D. Pawlowski
Daniel J. Rowland
Katelyn A. Rozenas
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. James Sheehan ’55, whose historic $3 million bequest was announced last fall, returned to his beloved alma mater last week. He came to view the construction of the residence hall that will bear his name and meet with students currently benefitting from his scholarship support and students in the Honors Program his future gift will enhance.
Sheehan’s bequest will create a new honors college, fund study abroad programs for students and faculty, and expand merit-based scholarships. With a gift of $500,000 in 2006—the largest cash donation in WSU’s history—he established multiple endowed annual scholarships and Academic Achievement Awards for worthy and deserving students. He followed up his historic generosity with an additional gift of $100,000 in 2011.
During his visit, Sheehan viewed the construction site and looked over building design plans. He met some current honors students for lunch and members of the ROTC for dinner. He also attended the Academic Achievement Awards ceremony and presented his awards to Kristina Beningo, Kayley Brault, Taylor Fritschy and Dominique Seles. Later, he had dinner with them and their families.
WSU Students Participate in 19th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference
Twenty-one WSU students participated in the 19th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, April 26. The students, sponsored by nine faculty from seven different departments, presented their research in 14 poster sessions and two oral sessions.
The students, many accompanied by their faculty sponsors, gave lively, articulate, and well-attended presentations of their research. Many of them are also in the WSU Honors Program, and several are graduating seniors bound for graduate study.
In addition to the faculty sponsors, English Professor Karen Woods Weierman attended the conference as director of the Honors Program, and Josna Rege, also of the English Department, attended as the WSU Campus Contact for the URC. Professor Jay Mahoney (Business Administration) sponsored the largest number of sessions (five) and students (10) this year, and was on hand to support their presentations. Assistant Professor Seth Surgan (Psychology), also in attendance, sponsored three student presentations.
The following students gave presentations:
Biology: Isaac Appiah 2 poster sessions (faculty sponsor, Daron Barnard) Shaun Polissack (faculty sponsor, Nirvana Filoramo)
Chemistry: Tiffany Hatstat (faculty sponsor, Anne Falke)
Communication Disorders: Maryanna Owoc (faculty sponsor Keith Darrow)
Economics: Tarik Buxton (faculty sponsor William O’Brien)
English: Emily Faucher (faculty sponsor, Jim Foley)
Management: Anthony McDonnell (faculty sponsor, Jay Mahoney) Anthony McDonnell and Julie Broderick (faculty sponsor, Jay Mahoney) Paul Conceison, Ashley Cornish and Smbat Defterderian (faculty sponsor, Jay Mahoney) Nancy Moreira, Tiffany Milotte, Victor Palencia and Robert Finnegan (faculty sponsor, Jay Mahoney) Karol Pawlowski and Ania Hiscilo (faculty sponsor, Jay Mahoney)
Psychology: Amber Goulart (faculty sponsor, Seth Surgan) Gina Lapriore (faculty sponsor, Seth Surgan) Matthew Pageau (faculty sponsor, Seth Surgan) Daniel Rowland (faculty sponsor, Vrinda Kalia)
Congratulations, everyone and best wishes to the graduating seniors!
Submitted by Josna Rege (English)
Senior Amber Connors Among State’s ’29 Who Shine’
Amber Nicole Connors, a 2013 double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish, is the 2013 Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 29 Who Shineawardee from Worcester State University. A native of Westfield, Amber was selected from a pool of high achieving academic students who demonstrated civic engagement and strong leadership qualities.
“Amber is an exemplary choice to represent Worcester State for this year’s 29 Who Shinerecognition,” stated WSU President Barry M. Maloney. “She has tackled her academic work with vigor, double majoring, while actively engaging in our campus community in a manner that demonstrates her leadership skills and a commitment to our institution. I’m happy to further note that she was not content to learn only from here—she also studied abroad in Spain at the Universidad de Seville. Amber is truly changing the way the world works.”
As one of Worcester State’s most active and passionate student leaders, Amber served as a Senior Peer Advisor in the Academic Success Center and held multiple positions in the Student Affairs Office including Resident Assistant, Student Activities programming Assistant and Orientation Co-Director. She also worked tirelessly each year on WSU’s Student Government Association Auction for the Homeless, which raises over $30,000 for Worcester area non-profit agencies.
Amber managed campus activities while maintaining a 3.869 GPA and making Dean’s List all four years. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and appears in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Amber will pursue a master’s degree in psychology. She hopes to earn a doctorate and become a college dean of student affairs.
As part of the 29 Who Shine awardee nomination and selection process, Amber recognized Laura A. Murphy as her mentor at Worcester State. Murphy is assistant dean of students and director of counseling. She joined the Worcester State staff in 1989; was promoted to director of counseling in 2002 and advanced to assistant dean in last summer.
“Each one of these 29 Who Shine students has a remarkable story to tell,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Collectively, they remind us that investing in them is investing in our future.”
“Amber’s story embodies the importance of having access to high-quality, affordable public higher education,” he said. “I am pleased to honor her and her efforts with the 29 Who Shine Award.”
The 29 Who Shine Awards recognizes 29 public college and university students for their academic achievements and civic contributions to the Commonwealth. The students, one from each of the state’s 29 community college, state university and UMass campuses, will be honored by Governor Patrick in a State House ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 2 at 12 noon. Amber will be joined at the State House event with the Governor by her parents, her grandmother, Ms. Murphy, and President Maloney.
Each of Massachusetts’ 29 public college and university campuses selected its own student honoree for the 29 Who Shine Awards based on criteria established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Students must demonstrate a strong academic record and have made a contribution to the civic well-being of the Commonwealth. They are required to be Massachusetts residents who intended to remain in state upon graduation.
This is the third year of the 29 Who Shine recognition program, started under the leadership of Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland.
“I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – ” Emily Dickinson famously penned, exploring the remoter edges of consciousness. Poet, religious rebel, and sociable hermit, America’s most well-known nineteenth century poet rarely left her family’s homestead during the last decades of her life. Yet, the volcanic poems Dickinson composed in her solitude forever influenced the landscape of American literature.
On Saturday, May 4, the English Club is sponsoring a trip to the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Tickets are on sale now at the Information Desk in the Student Center (open M-Th. From 9-5 p.m. and Fri. 9-7 p.m.). The cost is $9 for students and $14 for faculty and staff, and the price includes a chartered bus ride from (and returning to) Worcester State University, admission to the museum, and a ninety-minute tour of Emily Dickinson’s home and writing environs.
Following the tour, participants are free to explore Amherst’s terrific sandwich shops, cafes, and bookstores before our return to campus. (The bus will leave the Worcester State parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. and return to campus at 4 p.m.)
Be sure to RSVP for Honors credit.
Please visit the Student Center (Blue Lounge and N/S Auditorium) between 1-3 pm today to see the Commonwealth Honors Projects completed by your fellow honors students.
It’s a great chance to congratulate your classmates and to get ideas for your own future projects. And, of course, attendance counts as an honors event.
Just a friendly reminder that you can register for all honors courses (even LASC and elective courses) during major/minor registration. It’s one of the perks of being an honors student!
It’s important that you claim your honors seats today. Please note that I will be reviewing enrollments in honors sections late this afternoon and asking the registrar to “release” some unclaimed honors seats to the rest of the student body.
Please contact me or Dr. Hangen if we can help with any registration matters.